The Rhino Report
October 31, 2022 - Rylander Elementary School Newsletter
Thank You PTA for the Fabulous Lunch!
The Charcuterie Bar was GREAT!
Highlights from Ms. Heard
Great turnout for the Candyland Curriculum Night! We hope you and your child enjoyed learning and experiencing curriculum at Rylander. As a reminder, Thursday 11/3 is picture day. If you want to retake pictures, please make sure your child brings the original picture packet back to school. We will also have make-up pictures for those who missed the first time, and all classes will be taking their class pictures on Thursday as well. ~ No School for Students on Friday, November 4, 2022.
On Wednesday, all Pre-K, Kinder, 1st and 2nd grade students will be participating in a private screening of the play Frozen presented by Wood Creek Junior High as a fieldtrip. No lunch visitors for Pre-K – 2nd grade on Wednesday. Students will need a sack lunch from home or students will need to order a sack lunch from the cafeteria. The campus will be paying for all students to attend including the transportation. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions and return all field-trip permission forms by Tuesday, November 1, 2022, if you would like for your child to attend.
Please remember to RSVP for Grandparents’ Day. If grandparents can walk across the street, please have them park in the Walmart parking lot. Do not park at Auto Zone (cars will be towed). We will clear parking spaces in the front as well as in the teacher’s parking lot (by the bus ramp) for additional parking for those grandparents who may need to be closer to the building. All grandparents must enter through the front main entry door and have government issued IDs. Grandparents that RSVP and have been previously Raptor at Rylander, will have pre-printed badge to pick up at the table in front of the main entry for quicker access. All other grandparents will need to come to the front desk to be Raptored. After eating lunch with students, grandparents will visit the Book Fair in the library with students before leaving campus. Grandparents should arrive about 15 minutes before lunch time starts. Please see lunch schedule below in the newsletter with times.
Please, no extra lunch visitors on campus during Grandparents Day (11/10 & 11/11).
Up and coming events!
Provine Class Pics/Make Up/Retake Day - NOVEMBER 3rd DATE CHANGE
Book Fair November 7th - 11th
Grandparents Day – November 10 - for 1st, 5th, and 3rd Graders
Grandparents Day – November 11 - for Kinder, 2nd, and 4th Graders
Field Day – November 15 for 3rd, 4th, 5th Graders
Field Day – November 16 for Kinder, 1st, and 2nd Graders
Fall Break - November 21-25
Have a Rhino-tastic week!
Student Holiday - Staff Professional Development Day - November 4
Hello Rhino Families:
For the next 3 weeks our Rhinos will be learning all about GRATITUDE.
One way to think about Gratitude is “choosing to appreciate the people and things in our lives.” Practicing Gratitude can increase our well-being and our happiness.
What are some small, specific things that you are Grateful for? Maybe it is your favorite water cup, the way the cat sleeps on the chair, or when your grandma bakes banana bread. Spend some time as a family trying to think of at least 10 small things that you have Gratitude for and then choose to notice them this week with a smile.
Cristina Figueredo, RRE Counselor
Grandparent's Day 2022
Join us as we celebrate Grandparent's Day 2022. We look forward to seeing our grandparents. Please have grandparents arrive 15-20 minutes early to allow plenty of time for parking and check in. All visitors to Rylander will need a photo ID to enter the building and be Raptored. If you have not visited Rylander previously you will need a few extra minutes to go through that process. If you are in Raptor we will verify your ID but your entry badge will be preprinted, this will speed up the process.
If you wish you can bring your student lunch which allows more time to eat or you are more than welcome to go through our school lunch line. An adult lunch is $5.00. Lunch lines can get long please plan ahead.
New this year! Grandparents Day is during the week of our Scholastic Book Fair. Grandparents will be allowed to accompany their grandchild to the book fair once they finish lunch if you choose. What better way to end a special lunch than shopping for an amazing book.
If you are interested in joining us for Grandparents Day please RSVP on the link below. See invite for date and time to attend.
No lunch visitors other than grandparents on 11/10 and 11/11.
Provine Class Pictures and Retakes - NEW DATE! NOVEMBER 3
Class Groups & Individual Retakes & Absentees will be taken for Rylander Elementary on Thursday, November 3rd. Please see the below links for each session:
Group photos can be ordered online at: https://www.prepayorders.com/school/re11161
Retakes & Absentee Individual photos can be ordered online at:
If you previously purchased a package, and would like your photo retaken, ALL purchased items must be returned to the photographer the day of pictures. We can then exchange the old photos and place a new order for your child’s retake photo at no additional cost.
Everyone who didn’t purchase should receive a 2nd chance flyer with your child’s proof on it. If you haven’t, please email the below information to firstname.lastname@example.org. We can then send you a link to view & order your photos.
Purpose: Please send logon information to view & order fall photos.
Provine School Pictures
8305 Kempwood Dr.
Houston, TX 77055
Morning and Dismissal Safety
Rylander Elementary has over 10 trained crossing guards who make sure each morning and afternoon that our Rhinos arrive safely to campus and depart safely for home. As RRE is located on a very busy intersection, this adds to the responsibility of their duties. Please be mindful of the directions that our Crossing Guards are giving in order to keep our students and staff safe. Thank you for your support.
Just a quick reminder that while driving through a school zone, it is against the law for a driver to be on his/her cellphone. Thank you.
Rhino Character Trait Focus:
Hello Rhino Families:
For the next 3 weeks our rhinos will be talking about
-Cristina Figueredo, RRE Counselor
LOVE AND LOGIC PARENT SESSIONS FALL 2022
LOVE AND LOGIC PARENT SESSIONS FALL 2022
Love and Logic Parenting Classes will be offered at multiple campuses during the Fall semester of 2022. Participation options including dates and times are listed on the district website: https://www.katyisd.org/Page/9511 . Katy ISD families may register to attend any session. Dates for Love and Logic courses are posted on the Professional Learning website. Families who wish to participate in Love and Logic courses may pay the $10 cost of the workbooks with cash, check, or through the Pay ‘N Go system. Love and Logic Facilitators will distribute the workbooks to participants during the session. A minimum of 10 participants is required for each session. If a minimum number of participants is not met, registered participants will be directed to an alternate session.
Please contact RRE’s Counselor, Cristina Figueredo, if you have any additional questions. email@example.com
Read, Deed, Run
Read, Deed, Run is an all encompassing program for the WHOLE child. Students in grades 3, 4, & 5, commit to a 25 week program in which they will read 26 books(or 2600 pages), perform 26 good deeds in the community, and run a total of 26.2 miles. Meetings are held after school every other Monday, from 3 – 4. During this time students will run a mile and complete a good deed towards the program requirements. Students run their final 1.2 miles in a “race” to earn their Finisher’s t-shirt and medal at Legacy Stadium with more than 18 other schools. This program requires commitment from the student and their family. Please click the link below to fill out an application to join. Students accepted into the program will be contacted and given further information. Program fees are $25.
Applications are due by October 7th.
Read, Deed, Run es un programa integral para TODO el estudiante. Los estudiantes en los grados 3, 4 y 5 se comprometen a un programa de 25 semanas en el que leerán 26 libros (o 2600 páginas), realizarán 26 buenas obras en la comunidad y correrán un total de 26.2 millas. Las reuniones se llevan a cabo después de la escuela cada lunes, de 3 a 4. Durante este tiempo, los estudiantes correrán una milla y completarán una buena acción para cumplir con los requisitos del programa. Los estudiantes corren sus últimas 1.2 millas en una "carrera" para ganar su camiseta y medalla de “Finisher” en el estadio Legacy con otras más 18 escuelas en el distrito. Este programa requiere el compromiso del estudiante y su familia. Haga clic en el enlace a continuación para completar su solicitud para participar en el programa. Los estudiantes aceptados en el programa serán contactados y se les dará más información. El costo del programa es de $25.
Las solicitudes deben presentarse antes del 7 de octubre.
Lunch visitors are welcome to come starting on Tuesday, September 6th. Please keep in mind that Fridays are very busy and each student is allowed to have lunch visitors once a week. Please coordinate with extended family members. The Parent Permission for Elementary Lunch Visitors yellow form was sent home in the first week packet. If you need another form, just stop by the main office. Please make sure that all lunch visitors have a current government issued ID.
To maximize our lunch visitors’ time with students, please encourage all lunch visitors to arrive 5 minutes before the grade level lunch begins to get his/her ID scanned through Raptor. The front office is extremely busy during lunch time. After lunch, all visitors must return to the main entry to exit and are not allowed to walk students to his/her classroom.
Rylander Elementary is excited to partner with Koger in their Kroger Community Rewards Program. This program is at no cost to you and will provide funds to RRE when your Kroger rewards card is linked to our campus. After enrolling in the program, swipe your rewards card at Kroger when making a purchase and a percentage will go to Rylander.
Please click on the link below to enroll.
Once logged into your Kroger account you can search for Roberta W Rylander Elem. Katy ISD either by name or UL070 and then click Enroll. New users will need to create an account which requires some basic information, a valid email address and a rewards card.
Thank you for your support. :)
Just a reminder that we will follow district dress code policy. We have not had any major issues, but I wanted to be proactive and send out the campus procedure. If a teacher notices a student out of dress code, that student will be sent or walked to the nurse's office. Nurse Maher will double check the dress code and contact parent if a change of clothes is needed. A couple things to keep in mind is crop tops and small shorts for female students. Please see the discipline management plan below if you need more information regarding dress code violations.
Early Pick-up/Emergency Contacts:
Early Pick-up/Emergency Contacts:
Emergency contacts are listed for the campus to use in case we are unable to get in contact with you when there is an emergency with your student. We do not automatically release a student to an emergency contact, we still need to know that you give permission for the emergency contact person to pick-up your student. Please email RRETransporation@katyisd.org when anyone comes to pick-up your student and are not listed as a guardian. You must send us something in writing with a copy of your government issued ID. This is the only way we will know that you as the guardian gives permission for your child to be picked up by someone else. We understand that this may be an inconvenience, however, for safety reasons we do not want to release your child to a person who has not been approved by the parent or guardian. Early pick-up ends at 2:30 pm daily.
As a reminder, to avoid interruption of classes, messages will be delivered to students only in extreme emergencies. Delivery to students of flowers, balloons, food (including birthday treats) and other such items are prohibited at school per Katy ISD policy in the Student Handbook (pg. 48).
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Please email RRETransportation@katyisd.org to request dismissal transportation changes by 2:00 pm daily.
There are two types of front/back walkers—independent and parent pick up. Independent front walkers are escorted to the corner of Falcon Landing Blvd. and Westheimer Pkwy. They walk home independently from that corner. All 2nd through 5th grade students default as independent walkers. Younger siblings (in grades PK-1st) of those students can walk home with the independent walker ONLY IF The Walker Permission form is filled out and returned to school. Here is the link for the Walker Permission Form.
PK-1st grade students default as parent pick up front walkers. These students are matched with their parents at the northeast corner of the building by the bike racks. These students can ONLY be released with a physical number tag that matches the number on the student’s dismissal tag. No photos of the tag will be accepted. If the tag is not present, the student will need to be picked up at the front office. Parent must present a government-issued ID.
Bikers are also dismissed with the independent front walkers. They follow the same procedure as independent front walkers. They must walk their bikes on school property.
All breakfast and lunches are no longer free.
Please feel free to complete the free/reduced meal program application.
In May 2022, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) concluded its free breakfast and lunch meal service that was available to all students, regardless of eligibility. To determine eligibility for free meals for the 2022-2023 school year, families with students who do not attend a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) campus will need to complete a Meal Benefits/Free & Reduced meals application. More information about free and reduced benefits can be found here. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Child Nutrition Programs Income Eligibility Guidelines can be found here.
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Meal Payment Information:
Payment for meals is encouraged to be cashless through the Pay N' Go App.
Cash and checks for meal payment will be accepted in the lunch line for students and change will be deposited on the student’s account. Students’ positive and negative cafeteria account balances from last year have rolled forward to the current school year.
Pay N' Go Link (see instructions below for accessing application)
Student Required items for purchase online:
Planners - $3.00
(only grades 1st, 2nd, and 3)
Lanyards - $3.00
Badge Sleeve - $1.00
Badge Clip - $1.00
Directions & link to A+ Pay N Go.
Below is the link that will get you to the log in, or create an account. Click on LOGIN.
Directions that will help you navigate the website:
After they log in, on the far right of the screen they will see a box that says Elementary Schools, click on that.
Next screen, bottom right click Elementary R-Z box.
Next screen, top row, right side, under LOGIN, click Rylander Elementary box.
On this screen click on the tab you want to pay.
Please ignore the word replacement on each of the items title . New orders are labeled replacement. It is the way the system is set up.